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Refugee Status: Privileged — MENA Faculty Colloquium with Rana Kazkaz

When: Monday, November 8, 2021
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings, Multicultural & Diversity, Global & Civic Engagement


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Rana Kazkaz is Assistant Professor in Residence in the Communication Program at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q). For the Fall of 2021, she is Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International Studies in the MENA Program on Northwestern's Evanston campus, where she is teaching two courses: MENA Cinema after the Arab Spring and Arab Women Filmmakers.

An award-winning filmmaker who teaches narrative filmmaking, Kazkaz’s films have been recognized at the world’s leading film festivals — including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Tallinn, Tribeca and Abu Dhabi. With a focus on Syrian stories, her producing, screenwriting, and directing portfolio includes Mare Nostrum (2016), which has been selected in over 100 international film festivals and won more than 30 awards, Searching for the Translator, a documentary (2016), Ham (2013), Deaf Day (2011), Exquisite Corpse (2009), and Kemo Sabe (2007).

Her first feature film, The Translator (2020), won several grants and development awards, including the Arte Award at L’Atelier de la Cinefondation at the Cannes Film Festival (2017), the CNC Award at Meetings on the Bridge at the Istanbul Film Festival (2017), and a Tribeca Alumni Grant (2018). The Translator will be distributed internationally in 2022. Rana is one of the co-conveners of the MENA Interdisciplinary Working Group “Story-telling and Violence: Narratives of Insecurity in the Middle East and North Africa.”

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